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Hewitson Miss Harry Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

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Miss Harry is a seductive blend from the winemaking genius that is Dean Hewitson. In another nod to his family he named this wine after his daughter Harriet. It’s a blend we love, as it captures the more subtle side of the Barossa with Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre as well as the lesser known Cinsault and Carignan. It’s loaded with strawberry and forest berries and a creamy textured palate loaded with red plums and racy acidity, it finishes long with soft and supple tannins. Nicely medium bodied, this wine would complement lighter meat dishes like pork or even chicken.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 Miss Harry continues the success of this beautifully structured, fruit-concentrated red wine that absolutely delivers with integrity, intrigue, class and complexity in a very approachable style. 

The colour of 2011 Miss Harry is bright red with a deep purple hue. The aroma is of black berry and red and black forest berries, pepper, spice, garrigue, dried lavender and herbs with layers of creamy complexity offered by the extended barrel maturation on lees. 

The palate is wonderfully full, showing ripe black berries, strawberries and plums, and has a concentrated core of fruit essence with a racy acidity that gives the wine incredible vivacity. The finish is long, continuous and fresh. 2012 Miss Harry is quite an exceptional wine and is absolutely world-class.

expert reviews about

Hewitson Miss Harry Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A southern Rhone blend of Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre/ Cinsaut/Carignan picked from old, dry-grown vines; the hue is bright, although relatively light, the flavours bright and juicy on a medium-bodied palate; the lack of tannins makes it a drink-soon proposition.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Charming, dusty and meaty, with a vibrant, earthy and floral perfume of blueberries and licorice, black and red berries and cherries revealing spicy nuances of raisins, clove and cinnamon plus a hint of dark chocolate. It's smooth, soft and elegant, medium in weight, with a supple, pliant backbone of bony tannin beneath its even, lingering core of fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, light colour; a lusciously juicy wine, with cherry and raspberry flavours tempered by a slightly savoury finish; good length and balance. Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre/Cinsaut.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Smooth and vibrant, this generous but understated red blend has a wild, briary bouquet whose ripe aromas of redcurrants, dark plums, blueberries and blackberry confiture are lifted by a heady perfume and a fresh spiciness. It's long and restrained, with softness, suppleness and a lingering core of juicy flavour finishing quite soft and silky, with a gentle acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual, 2010 2010
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's a blend of the grenache, shiraz, mourvedre and cinsault grape varieties, the cinsault a new addition to this label. Indeed cinsault is an almost unknown variety in Australia - remarkable then how often it crops up in blends. We're all for it. Ever reliable - nutty with a little chocolate, red liquorice and berry-like flavours and some delicious earthiness too. No wonder these blends are colloquially referred to as 'earth wines'. It's not hot with alcohol, not too heavy and not too sweet. In short, it's an excellent drink.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
With impressive brightness on the nose, this makes an instant impact; red and blue/purple fruits - a very fresh and up-beat wine trading on fruit appeal. The palate coats with fine, generous, fleshy ripe berry fruits, blackberry and raspberry flavours, and a light, fluffy finish with lingering sweet fruit flavour.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Elegant wine that is all about the textures - silk, satin and a hint of velvet - to its supple, medium-bodied palate; the flavours are of cherry and plum, the oak subde. Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
This is a blend of old-vine Grenache, shiraz and mourvedre, and it's pretty much spot-on every year.This is a beautiful wine. It's bright and fruity, dark-centred and vibrant, its flavours or raspberry licorice and blackberry jam both plump and silken. There's even a bit of earthiness here; it's excellent. You'll have to get used to us banging on about wines like this, because we love 'em.
The Big Red Wine Book, 2009 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is a blend of old-vine grenache, shiraz and mourvedre, and it's pretty much spot-on every year. This is a beautiful wine. It's bright and fruity dark-centred and vibrant, its flavours of raspberry, licorice and blackberry jam both plump and silken. There's even a bit of earthiness here; it's excellent. You'll have to get used to us banging on about wines like this, because we love 'em.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A prime example of the blend (Grenache/ Shiraz/ Mourvedre) and the region (McLaren Vale), with spicy earthy nuances to a vibrant medium-bodied palate with exceptional length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A delicious medium to full-bodied red that could be quaffed as well as taken seriously. Floral, spicy and rather meaty, with sweet raspberry, cherry, plum and slightly raisined fruit backed by suggestions of game meats, it's smooth and polished, long and dusty. Juicy, mouthfilling fruit and restrained oak ease into a fine-grained chassis of pliant tannin, while it finishes savoury and refreshing, with a lingering spicy aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
A mighty good value blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre. 2006 RELEASE Clean, ripe, controlled. Excellent mid-weight drinking. Gets the mix of spicy grenache-like flavour and sweet dark shiraz flavour exactly right, the exotic leathery appeal of mourvedre needing only time to show its worth. This was one of the first wines to waltz easily into the pages of this book. Look for the supple tannins - they're a piece of textbook craftsmanship. DRINK 2009-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Smooth, spicy and savoury, this typically regional blend of southern Rhone varieties is deliciously and deeply fruited, with a restrained expression of grenache that doesn't dominate the other varieties. Deep aromas of plums, cherries and dark berries have a slightly confectionary aspect, with dusty undertones of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Smooth and polished, its palate is spicy, long and finishes with a note of licorice.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
What a blow to hear that Dean Hewitson, a stalwart of rich, ripe blokey reds, had made an Adelaide Hills savvy. Why, Dean? Why'd ya do it? (I know why. His wife made him.) Why drink those namby-pamby whites when, for exactly the same dosh, you get this stunning grenache shiraz mourvedre blend rolling wave after wave of flavour over you? I'm drinking this wine as I type—then I'm off to wrestle sharks. Blokey!
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
"Took a while to open up, but then it was lovely. A monster of deliciousness. Super-savoury and deftly structured, packed with earth and jubes and currants and violets. I only wanted to taste it - I ended up drinking it. Drink: 2006-2013"
The Wine Front, 2006 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A supple, fleshy array of red fruit flavours; soft, ripe, gentle tannins; overall attractive sweetness.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
Campbell Mattinson (2002 Vintage) says
Hewitson 2002 Miss Harry Barossa Valley screw-cap, Gloriously perfumed, spicey wine full of licorice and tar, rose petals and plum, with raspberry fruit deliciousness racing through. It's earthy yet it's fruity and floral... it's bloody lovely! Drink now-2007
The Wine Front, 2003 2003
91

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